Italian March for Life 2014 – Roma

 

On Sunday 4th May, 2014 approximately 50,000 people from all over Italy and the world took to the streets of Rome to celebrate the gift of life and say “no” to abortion.

Some of the Family Life International NZ team were at the March for Life after attending the inaugural Rome Life Forum the previous day.  The Forum attracted pro-life leaders from all over the world.  Cardinal Burke, who gives immense encouragement to pro-lifer’s everywhere was a keynote speaker at the Forum.  He also attended the March for Life.

The March was a joyful experience with lots of singing, whistle blowing, chants and laughter.  However, the banners carried very serious messages, explaining to all those whom were passed by the March that abortion is a serious matter that takes the lives of precious unborn children, and hurts mothers and fathers too.

Participants excitedly gathered in St Peter’s Square as the March concluded in order to hear Pope Francis’ Angelus address which he gives every Sunday at noon.  After praying the Regina Caeli (being Easter), Pope Francis welcomed those on the March saying “Many congratulations, Go, and go forward — and work on this.”

 

March for Life Rome 2014 - Family Life International attendees
Some of the Family Life International team attended the Rome March for Life.

 

Students from Emmanuel Mission School
In among the crowds we find a Kiwi from Wellington, Ruth (2nd from left), and her friends. All are studying at the the Emmanuel Mission School.

 

St Gianna Beretta Molla
A girl holds up a banner of St Gianna Beretta Molla – a mother who refused an abortion when it was discovered she had a tumor.
Nun speaking to children
A nun talks to some children before the March for Life begins.

 

Enjoying the Rome March for Life
Family Life International NZ’s National Director Colleen Bayer enjoys participating in the March for Life with Fr Clovis (FLI’s Spiritual Director) and her son Ben Bayer.

 

March for Life Rome 2014
50,000 people are estimated to have participated in the 2014 Rome March for Life.
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